Proper Care for Swimwear

Swimwear Do's

Before First Use Only: We recommend customers to soak swimwear in a mixture of vinegar and water for approx. 30 minutes. (1 tablespoon per 1 quart of water). This will slow down fading and keep bright colors vibrant longer.

  • Before going into the pool, shower swimsuit and soak with clear water. This will help your suit absorb less chlorine.
  • Rinse your swimsuit in cool water immediately after swimming in chlorinated water or salt water.
  • Wash your swimwear separately until any excess dye washes out. Most swimsuit will bleed a little first few times that it is washed. This is normal, bleeding will stop.
  • Hand wash in cool water. It is always best to use a swimsuit cleaner . It neutralizes chemicals that eat away at the material and extends the life of your new bathing suit. Regular soap can not do this. If you don't have swimsuit cleaner, use a mild liquid soap (NO WOOLITE!). Rinse well.
  • To squeeze out excess water, Roll swimsuit in a clean, lint, free, light-colored, fade resistant towel and squeeze.
  • To remove a stain, work from the underside of the stain to push it out, not rub it in.
  • If a swimsuit is spot cleaned, air dry the suit. Then, if the stain is not gone, you can treat it again.


Swimwear Don'ts

  • Do not sit on the pool edge or boat without using a towel. Abrasiveness causes snagged bottoms.
  • Do not rub the front of your suit along the inner edge of the pool. The Lycra filaments will snag causing them to break. Your suit will have that "pilled" look.
  • Do not machine wash or dry. Do not bleach your swimsuit, iron it, wash it with whites or put in the dryer. Excessive dryer heat will destroy your swimsuit. Washing machines and detergents are too harsh and will lead to premature swimsuit breakdown.
  • Do not leave rolled up in wet towels or in gym bag. Moisture left in your swimsuit for extended periods of time will lead to unwanted odor and swimsuit failure. 
  • Avoid oil base suntan lotion. Oils are harmful to swimwear and elastic and will stain some fabrics.
  • Do not wear your new bathing suit in a hot tub or Jacuzzi. No swimsuit will hold up when used in hot tubs, Jacuzzis, or heavily chlorinated pools. Such as public or hote/motel pools. SwimMart recommends using an old suit.
  • Use extra caution with holographic or metallic fabrics, they are very delicate. These swimsuits are for show only. The metallic glitter or shiny finish will eventually wear off. In accordance with Health Department Regulations, ABSOLUTELY NO SWIMWEAR will be returned or exchanged once worn, soiled or washed. In the unlikely event of a manufacturers defect, each case will be handled on an individual basis, working closely with manufacturer to rectify the problem.